Courses - Learning with BCA to Sail Offshore
A primary mission of BCA is to prepare sailors for offshore
voyaging; to make the dream of sailing over the horizon and across oceans not
only feasible, but a reality for those prepared to pursue it seriously. The cornerstone of this preparation is the
delivery of appropriate and first rate marine education programs which are
generally not available elsewhere. There
are four pillars to this education program:
Courses - Knowledge and Certification
BCA offers a series of marine education courses designed
specifically for those heading offshore.
These are developed in conjunction with professional instructors,
combined with the feedback of countless Bluewater members who provide guidance
on what information those heading out really need to know. Subjects include navigation, psychology of voyaging
that deals with fear and apprehension, vessel preparation, radar operation,
diesel maintenance, long distance communication and offshore weather. Courses offered vary from chapter to chapter
and are open to members and non-members.
Prices are very competitive and are lower for BCA members. For more information and to register go the
appropriate regional link below. You can also click on the course of interest on the Events
Calendar to the right, then click the register online link and follow the
Fleet - More
Intense Learning for Those Departing Soon
Fleet is really an education focus group for those planning
to head offshore in the next year or two.
The group meets regularly and offers additional training in the form of
meetings, workshops, vendors visits and boat visits. Fleet offers the best value in BCA
education. For a small fee of $50 - $60
(varies by chapter) the training received and friendships made are priceless. Fleet is also excellent for Doners who are
preparing for another voyage; get primed, updated and meet the people you will
be voyaging with. To join fleet you must
be a BCA member. For more information on
the Fleet program click here.
V.I.C.E. - An
Offshore Sailing Experience Close to Home
Open to BCA members only, V.I.C.E. (Vancouver Island Cruising
Experience) is a mini offshore shakedown trip.
Sail away from Vancouver Island, over the horizon and into the night in
the company and security of a fleet of like minded, adventurous sailors. Sail in the open ocean for a few days. Test your boat. Test yourself. Take the first step of your offshore
adventure. Learn by doing. Comprised of boats from all three BCA
chapters. For more information on VICE
Learn from Those Who Have Gone Before
The ranks of BCA are filled with exceptional sailors who have
travelled to the far corners of the globe.
Many have circumnavigated. BCA
offers the experience of hundreds of thousands of sea miles through mentors who
will volunteer to help others pursue the dream.
They are there for the asking.
Available to BCA members only.
For more information on the Mentor Program click here.